Luxurious Cliff-Top Resort in Cabo San Lucas
Hotel Finisterra's white stucco buildings sit atop—and inside—rocky cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California. From here, you can soak in the stunning views of the posh port town of Cabo San Lucas as well as the white yachts bobbing in the harbor. The 1960s-era Baja resort was acclaimed by Architectural Digest for the way it blends in with its surroundings—a feat best appreciated from the spacious private balcony of a junior ocean-view suite. The hotel’s pleasant setting makes for a perfect romantic retreat, and this deal comes with a three-course dinner for two in a palapa overlooking the ocean.
From the resort, you’re just a short walk from its private beach, the marina, and downtown Cabo. Behind the hotel, three curving pools surrounded by palm trees and lounge chairs make up part of the Palapa Beach Club. A swim-up bar serves fruity cocktails, and in the middle of the pools, staff members dole out snacks, casual meals, and legal advice from inside one of the Pacific coast’s tallest palapa huts. Seven acres of private beach stretch out beyond the club, and you can snorkel in the ocean near the city’s iconic El Arco.
Back at the main lodge, guests dine on traditional American and Mexican cuisine at the popular Blue Marlin restaurant—once a preferred hangout of celebrities including Brooke Shields and Keith Richards. After dinner, you can sip drinks and admire the sunset at the Whale Watcher Bar, the hotel's indoor cocktail lounge.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Watersports, White-Sand Beaches, and Festive Parties
Located at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico and 10 degrees below the Tropic of Cancer, Cabo San Lucas enjoys pleasant year-round temperatures. Just south of town, the white-sand Lover's Beach (or Playa del Amor) stretches alongside the Sea of Cortez and is frequented by sea lions, and, depending on the season, humpback whales. It's a popular spot for snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming. Tour boats and water taxis regularly zip from Cabo to Lover's Beach and the neighboring El Arco, an arch-shaped granite rock formation that has become Cabo's unofficial symbol.
Surrounding the marina waterfront, downtown Cabo buzzes 24 hours a day with visitors sampling local tequilas and fresh, grilled seafood. Slip into one of the trendy restaurants near the marina to try chicharrones—fried pork rinds—and chilies en nogada—poblano chilies topped in a walnut cream sauce. The tourist district is also filled with nightclubs and cantinas catering to every kind of visitor, whether they're looking for conga lines or jazz tunes.